Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 08

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire:

We meet the teenagers creating a sensory garden to enhance a patch of land on Shaftesbury’s Eastern Development. (00:35)

The Town Council backs an application to alter the interior of the former Turnbull’s Deli. Councillor Lester Taylor explains why. (05:48)

A Shaftesbury grandmother turns ‘supergran’ when she delivers her ninth grandchild during a thunderstorm! Alfred talks with Elaine Barratt. (07:18)

A surprise, special delivery makes Westminster Memorial Hospital’s display of memories even better. As the town band strikes up at the NHS 70thbirthday tea party, Alfred talks with delighted Matron, Helen Lawes. (10.33)

Alfred joins many international visitors who have travelled to Shaftesbury for a walking tour of the town – but it’s all about Thomas Hardy rather than Gold Hill. Could literary tourism encourage more visitors to our area? Alfred asks the experts. (17:31)

We meet the East Stour herbal medicine expert who’s written part of the new wellness guide from Neal’s Yard. Julie Wood explains that there are plants in Dorset’s lanes with incredible powers. The Saxons who founded Shaftesbury’s Abbey knew all about them! (25:45)

Inheriting some vintage tractors has changed a North Dorset family’s life. We talk to Suzanne Smith. She arranges tractor road runs and a vintage vehicle event at Udder Farm Shop. (31:35)